John Cage’s Solo Piano as Form (94” W x 66” H x 10” D)

John Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer and artist. He would often connect the notes on his sheet music creating flat forms.

I created a 3D version of Cage’s Page 18, Solo for Piano, from Concert for Piano and Orchestra (ink and pencil drawing, 17 1/8" W x 10 7/8” H - 1958). Cage was particularly interested in giving control of his music over to the interpreter thus each performance would be different from one another. In this spirit I created human scale sculptures which could be arranged into umpteen configurations.

Step 1: Instructions

I traced Cage’s drawing in Illustrator – created a vector. I then created a CAD file in Rino3D -- with a maximum height of 66” for the structures. Once the dimensions were configured I cut 3/16” steel rod and welded together each of the 8 structures. I created a pattern in a white elastic polyester fabric for each structure and then cut and sewed each casing onto each form.

Step 2: Materials Needed

reference image



3/16” steel rod

steel cutter

MIG welder

welding angle magnets

white elastic polyester fabric



fabric pen

sewing machine

<p>So obscure, love it! I'm a fan of Cage's work and I'm sure he would have loved that you took it to this level.</p>
<p>This is more painting art than music, I guess? I know (well, too much - more heard) some of Cage's works. Currently on one organ here in Halberstadt,Germany there's a work being performed which takes many years since a single tone lasts over months and playing the next note is always celebrated: <a href="http://www.aslsp.org/de/">http://www.aslsp.org/de/</a> But I did not know that he's also a painter. Or is this in the end some instruction to play the piano like Stockhausen did it?</p>
Very cool concept!
<p>Awesome 3D visualization.</p>

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